Chiropractic Care in Crystal River, FL

We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our clinical judgment and years of experience.
The primary adjusting techniques we use include:

Diversified

 
After identifying which vertebrae have lost their normal motion or position, a specific manual thrust is applied to free up “stuck” spinal joints.

At Citrus Chiropractic Group, we use an adjusting style commonly referred to as “Diversified.” First, an analysis of your spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of your spine.

Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine.

With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.
 
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The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.

While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.

Thompson

Thompson Terminal Point technique is a system of analysis and a special table that reduces the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine.

The Thompson Technique, developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, has evolved into a system of analysis and a way of adjusting the full spine. The combination produces precise adjustments and high levels of practice member comfort.

A System of Analysis

Early chiropractors noticed that vertebral subluxations would produce the appearance of a short, or contracted leg. Using a protocol of comparing leg lengths while the practice member turned their head, helped determine whether the vertebral subluxation was in the upper, middle or lower back.

Terminal Point Table

What practice members often notice first is our segmental “drop” table. After stepping onto the platform, the table gently lowers you into a horizontal position. This helps preserve any leg length inequality.

Individual cushions or “drop pieces” located along our table surface support each area of your spine until the thrust is delivered. Then, each drop piece gently gives way, reducing the amount of energy needed to move a specific spinal segment.

Popular and Patented

So unique is this approach, Dr. Thompson was granted a patent in 1955. Since then, because of its precision and practice member results, it is a technique used around the world.

Cox Flexion-Distraction

We use a special table so we can traction your spine, opening up the spacing between spinal vertebrae and relieving pressure to spinal.

This is a gentle, non-force adjusting approach. The thing that most practice members notice first is our special table. The movements of this table help traction the spine, opening up compressed spinal discs and reducing pressure on facet joints of the spine.

Named after its developer, Dr. James Cox, this highly-effective technique combines osteopathic principles with the specific, highly-directed approach used in chiropractic. The combination offers a conservative resolution of low back and leg pain that often averts the need for surgery.

The Cox Flexion-Distraction technique we use gives us the ability to place spinal joints in a more normal motion and position without pain or aggravating your condition.

By lying on the table, neutralizing the effects of gravity, we're able to gently separate spinal joints and move them through a more normal range of motion. Practice Members find this surprisingly pleasant. We find it powerfully effective.

Activator Methods®

This is a system of spinal evaluation combined with a handheld adjusting instrument that delivers a consistent, low-force thrust. We use one of the most popular “low force” chiropractic techniques in the world.
 
First the Evaluation

We begin by analyzing how well your spine moves. We test how well you turn and bend. While you're lying face down, we'll evaluate the length of your legs. This simple procedure can reveal ... Read more
 
The Adjusting Instrument

The Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust.

Because it's many ... Read more
 
The Follow Up

After your adjustment, we retest to make sure changes have been produced. Testing afterwards helps us deliver high-quality care and high levels of practice member satisfaction.
 
 

SOT

Sacro Occipital Technique helps normalize the relationship between the pelvis and the head, using gravity to make the necessary correction.
 
The Foundation

The integrity of the spine, and the function of the nervous system it protects, begins with the pelvis. This foundation is constantly subjected to the pull of gravity. When stability is lost, it produces effects throughout your body.
 
The Cranium

Proper control of every cell and tissue of your body is affected by bones of the skull and tension on your spinal cord. Think of your spinal cord as a string on a harp. Is it flexible and healthy? Or stretched and drawn tight?
 
Blocking the Spine

We use wedge-shaped devices known as “blocks” to help correct your spine and properly “tune” your nervous system. By knowing exactly where to position these blocks, we use the weight of your body to make corrections, naturally.
 
Safe and Comfortable

By using gravity and your own body to effect correction, new healthier patterns of spinal function can result. Along with safe, consistent results, SOT is known for emphasizing practice member comfort.
 
 

Active Release®

Athletic injuries and many muscle-related conditions respond quickly and permanently with this state-of-the-art soft tissue technique. Every session is a combination of an examination and an adjustment.
 
The Examination
I'll use my hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments. If scar tissue is present, I'll be able to feel it because it will be preventing soft tissues from moving properly. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength and even pain. If nerve tissue is trapped, there may be tingling, numbness and weakness as well.
The Adjustment
When problems are detected, I choose from over 500 specific protocols. I'll apply precise amounts of pressure while you move or bend in specific ways that aid in the correction of your condition.
These manual maneuvers are normally applied at the site of your injury. Excellent results have been reported with the neuromuscular system:
 
  • Muscles
  • Tendons
 
  • Ligaments
  • Fascia
 
This work will often resolve a number of common health complaints:
 
  • Headaches• Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder pain
 
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Knee problems
  • Tennis elbow
 
Most of these conditions share one important common denominator: overused muscles. We use this technique because it's a proven, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that helps many muscle-related conditions resolved quickly and permanently.
 

Gonstead

This full spine approach relies on X-rays and a heat-sensing instrument for a thorough evaluation and documented results. Named after its developer, Dr. Clarence Gonstead, this approach came from his engineering background. His “foundation principle” explains how a vertebral subluxation pattern in one area of the spine can produce compensatory changes in another.
 

A Thorough Evaluation

After studying your health history, we conduct a complete examination. This generally includes full spine X-rays and precise analysis. Using a small heat-sensing instrument, vertebral subluxation patterns are revealed by slight differences in temperature. Finally, we use our fingertips to “palpate” or feel the location of individual bones and how they may differ from their normal position.
 

Full Spine Correction

With a complete picture of your spine it's time to make the needed corrections.

To adjust your lower spine and pelvis, we'll have you lie on your side. Vertebral Subluxations in the middle back are corrected as you assume a comfortable kneeling position. When you are seated, we can restore the integrity of your spine ... Read more
 

Safe and Effective

The Gonstead Technique is acknowledged as one of the safest systems of evaluating and caring for the spine.
 
 

Myofascial Release

We'll find tender areas where muscles and connective tissue are producing pain and restricted movement and gently release it.

Myofascial Release is a hands-on, whole-body approach for the evaluation and treatment of pain and the restoration of motion. This involves muscles and the connective tissue (fascia) that holds your entire body together.
 
You Body's Body Suit

Think of fascia as a densely woven fabric, like a sweater, that connects all your organs, muscles and tissues, even your heart, blood vessels, lungs and spinal cord. Fascia “holds you together.” Since it covers you from head to toe, think of it as a body suit that you live in.

When you're healthy, the fascia is relaxed. Like our clothing, it has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. ... Read more
 
What You Can Expect

First, we'll conduct a thorough evaluation, looking at your posture, your ability to turn, bend and move. We'll identify specific movements that produce increased pain or discomfort.

Then, we'll use our hands to locate the tender areas. Gently stretching the fascia and involved muscles causes them to release. This is not a massage! You'll have some homework: drinking ... Read more
 
Your New Normal

Progress is rarely a straight line. Expect some ups and downs as your body learns it can abandon its defensive posture. As your body heals, your brain will eventually recognize your new posture and muscle tone as normal. With time, expect better movement, more strength, flexibility, improved posture and greater vitality.

If you've been to a chiropractor before and prefer ... Read more
 

Our Therapies

Intersegmental Traction

We gently add motion to each vertebral joint to increase circulation, reduce scar tissue and enhance the effectiveness of your adjustments.

When your posture and mobility are compromised, some muscles along your spine tighten while others become weak and fatigued. With time, affected muscles and ligaments make spinal correction more difficult.
We use Intersegmental Traction to gently stretch and elongate the muscles supporting your spine to enhance the retraining of your spine.

Lie down and allow the gentle massaging action of the table provide you with these helpful benefits:

  • Joint motion– As you lie relaxed, face up on our table, rollers beneath the surface slow travel up and down your spine. This adds motion to each spinal segment, the key to restoring improved spinal function.
  • Improved circulation– The gentle stretching of supporting muscles and soft tissues increases oxygen and blood flow, essential for healing.
  • Muscle relaxation– When muscles relax and spasms subside, healing and the recovery process from a spinal injury can be accelerated.
  • Reduces swelling– New injuries are often accompanied by edema and fluid build up. Motion to spinal joints reduces this protective mechanism and sets the stage for better healing.
  • Disc hydration– With blood supply to the discs almost nonexistent, disc nutrition and healing depend upon the circulation of fluids surrounding each joint. Traction helps circulate these fluids, supplying nutrition and removing cellular wastes.
  • Passive exercise– Like stretching before a workout, intersegmental traction helps restore elasticity to muscles supporting the spine. This helps break up adhesions and scar tissue, making your chiropractic adjustments more effective.
  • Feels great – You'll love the relaxation! Traction feels good, is good for you and is an important adjunctive procedure that enhances the effects of your chiropractic care. These 10-15 minute sessions, either before or after your chiropractic adjustments, help retrain your spine, establish better support, improved mobility and reduce the effects of scar tissue.

Ultrasound

This high-tech deep tissue “micro-massage” helps reduce swelling, increase blood flow, decrease pain, reduce joint stiffness and stimulate cell-repair.

Therapeutic ultrasound uses high-frequency, inaudible sound waves to treat a variety of soft tissue injuries.

Ultrasound is applied using a round-headed wand or probe that is placed in direct contact with your skin. At first, you'll feel the coolness of the gel used to improve sound conduction. Then, you're likely to feel a pleasant, warm feeling beneath your skin in the region being treated.

When these high frequency sound waves are directed to soft tissues and joints, the rise in temperature increases blood flow to the region, relaxes muscle spasms, increases metabolism and promotes your body's healing response. Think of ultrasound as a form of deep tissue micro-massage, helping reduce swelling, increase blood flow, decrease pain, reduce joint stiffness and stimulate cell-repair.

A typical ultrasound treatment can take from 3-5 minutes. However, in cases where scar tissue is present, treatment time can be longer. During the treatment, the ultrasound probe is kept in constant motion.

Ultrasound can also be helpful at diagnosing minor fractures that may not be obvious on X-ray. Small, hairline fractures may produce pain as sound waves are trapped between the two parts of the break.

Naturally, we avoid using ultrasound where there are malignancies, metal implants below the area treated, acute infection, vascular abnormalities and on the abdomen of pregnant women.
 

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

We use this special type of low level electrical current to stimulate supporting muscles of your spine, reducing inflammation and spasm. Also known as EMS, Electrical Muscle Stimulation is a form of electro therapy that uses a special type of electrical current to stimulate specific muscles.

With strategically-placed electrode pads, low levels of electrical current excite the targeted muscles producing rhythmic contractions.

Many Different Types
There are many types of electrical stimulation. Some are used to promote pain relief, reduce inflammation, avoid muscle atrophy and lessen muscle spasm:
 
Low Volt – For reducing muscle spasm and pain relief.

High Volt Galvanic– Muscle spasm reduction.

Russian Stimulation– Muscle strengthening.
 
Interferential– Pain and inflammation reduction.

Iontophoresis – A pain and swelling reduction technique.

Micro Current – Increase cellular metabolism to enhance healing.
 
We choose the approach that best matches your particular clinical presentation.

What Does EMS Feel Like?
At first, the electrical impulses can produce a slight tingling sensation. The impulses mimic the signals normally coming from your nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. As your body accommodates this muscle excitation, the intensity of your treatment may be slightly increased for maximum effect during the course of your 10- to 20-minute treatment.
 
 
Call Health Atlast Citrus today to begin care!